Guide to Tarragona

Situated 51 miles to the south-west of Barcelona, Tarragona is a historic city famous for its rich Roman history, architecture, and beaches. The Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Tarragona Amphitheatre

Tarragona Amphitheatre

The Tarragona Amphitheatre was built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of Emperor Augustus and was used for gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles. It could accommodate around 15,000 spectators.

Tarragona Cathedral

Tarragona Cathedral

Construction of the Tarragona Cathedral began in the 12th century on the site of a former Roman temple. The building went through several architectural styles, resulting in a unique blend of Gothic and Romanesque influences. The construction of the cathedral was completed in the 14th century.

The Roman Aqueduct

Known as “Les Ferreres Aqueduct” or “Pont del Diable” (Devil’s Bridge) is located just outside the city.

Colonial Forum

Built in approximately 30 BC, the Colonial Forum was the center of social and political life in Tarraco. Ruins of the basilica remain, a building with three naves that held the court of justice and was sometimes used for meetings of the city council.

Tarragona Beaches

Playa del Milagro and Playa de la Arrabassada are among the popular beaches of Tarragona.

Part Alta

Plaça del Fòrum

Local Gastronomy

Regional specialties include seafood paella, xató, fideuà, and zarzuela.


The Tarragona International Dixieland Festival takes place in April.

Tarraco Viva is a historical reenactment festival that highlights the Roman heritage of Tarragona. It usually takes place in May.

The Santa Tecla Festival is held annually in September.

Day Trips from Tarragona

Reus, the Priorat Wine Region, Monestir de Poblet are great destinations for day trips.